July 23, 2009
Spirit Jump literally has and is saving my life!
Spirit Jump is an incredible organization that fights cancer with something no drug could ever do. That is hope and love. They give strength to keep fighting to those who are already fighting so hard.
The founder and those running Spirit Jump have such inspiring stories. In fact when asked who was my hero I said Meaghan, who founded Spirit Jump in 2008. However, it is all the of the Spirit Jumpers who are my heroes, as well as the Jumpees who are brave enough to say I need help either to a friend, family member, or on the website.
I personally was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in August 2007. Although I had spoken to or corresponded with may others battling, it was when I started reading Meaghan's blog that I really felt a connection. I'm not sure exactly why, but her personal story inspired me so much.
On July 11, 2009 I woke up in the ICU overhearing doctors saying my liver was failing. Having cancer and knowing I was not elligible for a liver transplant, I said something to the effect of hey, if you are going to talk in front of me than talk to me. They were pretty shocked to find me conscious. My sugar and spice PCP came beside me and started to tell me that my liver was in pretty bad shape. I turned to the hepatologist and asked for the numbers. Upon hearing them I asked if there had been in change in the past 24 hours and he said there had been an increase since then. I looked them both in the face and said, "So basically you are waiting for me to die." There faces said yes, but they both said that they wanted to see how the labs looked the next day.
I tried to contact some family and friends with no answers. Then I just fell asleep. The next morning the hepatologist said I was getting slightly worse, and I said I wanted to leave. If I was going to die it was not going to do it in a hospital. He told me, knowing very well I couldn't, that if I could get out of bed without assistance I was free to go.
I tried contacting some family and my roommate, again with no luck. So I asked for some paper and a pen. I began to write letters to the people I wanted to say goodbye to. However, writing was a little too hard. Then, feeling completely alone and hopeless I started having the warm feelings remembering Spirit Jump and all the wonderful people involved.
I did one of the hardest things in my life. I sent a tweet saying where I was. Not even a minute later I was getting a response from Spirit Jump (I don't follow everyone via text - old phone). Soon I was talking with Meaghan, being I did not have internet access. Finally hearing the voice of someone I admired so much was overwhelming. Then she told me how Spirit Jumpers were already sending their love and prayers. Suddenly, I wasn't alone.
The next day the hepatologist said he was quite surprised to not only see improvement, but a fairly significant improvement. Over the next few days I received prayers, cards, visits, flowers, gifts, and heard about all the tweets on twitter. I cried because I was overwhelmed with love.
I contuied to improve at an incredible rate. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Spirit Jump has been and is making all the difference. The hepatologist told me on the day I was moved out of the ICU to a regular floor that he had never seen anyone's liver make such significant improvement, especially in such a short period of time (and practically said he originally did not think I would make it through that second night), and I told him that is the power of prayer. He looked a little skeptical, and I said you have never seen it before and you didn't change my treatment, yet when people started to visit, pray and send loving thoughts there was incredible improvement. Spirit Jump saved my life when no medicine or specialist could!
The cards and little gifts kept (and keep) coming, and each one at a time when I was starting to feel a little low. I would look at them all everyday. One of the most ironic things was each card or item was something in my favorite color or pattern, something I had always wanted, or from a place I had always wanted to go. Each and every prayer, positive thought, card (oh, the cards), visit, flower, & gift is treasured more than you could ever know.
Spirit Jump is an awesome organization, and Spirit Jumpers saved my life!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
an incredible change in my health. I also now know I am not alone. I have seen other's spirits lifted, felt the joy of sending things to others, and now the overwhelming love that Spirit Jump provides.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
not change a thing.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the personal touch of every card and item sent, and the love that comes with it.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
incredibly loving individuals. They are my heroes. These are the people who give of themselves freely and do so not to get something back but because there is a need.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
have the resources to have an office to work from, be able to pay the staff who are working full time for free, be able to meet their technology needs, advertise, and help more people.
Ways to make it better...
My experience could not have been better.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
financial restraints for the actual office and the ablility to pay the staff who are volunteering there time & skills for free.
One thing I'd also say is that...
In case I haven't said it enough Spirit Jumpers are my heroes and they saved my life.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & I orignally started as an occassional Spirit Jumper, but became a Jumpee.